With the increase in capacity for digital printing more and more furnishing fabrics are being produced digitally using reactive based inks. Traditional Vat printed fabrics used for curtaining and furnishing may be in a home for several years without a light fade issue but unfortunately this is not the case with the reactive based inks applied digitally. The images below illustrate light related degradation after being in use for only six months where the print has virtually faded away. The degree of fade experienced above is quite severe and really shows the limitations with these types of inks.
With this problem in mind Standfast has developed a light fastness finishing recipe to help combat this effect, with some quite startling results. This gives us the opportunity to print with reactive based inks digitally for furnishing fabrics and obtain a product which will perform to the requirements of the market segment.
In addition to the special processes required to fix the colour for the various different print dyestuffs, we can also offer our customers a wide range of different finishes to add value by improving the handle or appearance of the printed fabric – including chintz, glaze, tumble, airo and emerise as well as open width tumbling.
We have the latest state of the art machinery for finishing and we are able to create any finish that is required by our customers in terms of drape, handle, feel, appearance as well as performance.
We can also perform mechanical shrinking, Pyrovatex FR and various other chemical treatments to improve the technical performance of the fabric. We provide numerous technical finishes such as flame retardant and water repellent finishes.
Speak to a member of our team today – we can offer the finish to suit your exact requirements.